We review the Targus Folio case for the Surface Pro 3

Depending on who you are and how you use your Surface Pro 3, the type of case you buy, if any, will vary. Laborers may want a tough case, home users may not use one, and students or business professionals may be looking for carrying their Surface in hand or a bag/briefcase.

For this last group, or anyone else who totes their device around, the Targus Folio wrap case for the Surface Pro 3 may be an item of interest.

The Targus Folio is made up of two parts, a molded plastic tray, and a wraparound folio cover, melded into one cohesive unit. The plastic tray snaps onto the back and sides of Surface Pro 3 to form a protective barrier over the body of the device. The sides and corners are well-guarded against drops while still leaving plenty of cutouts for buttons, ports, and for ventilation.

The folio cover flips around the front of the Surface, providing coverage for the display, and closes with a magnetic flap. It also doubles as an adjustable stand, since the plastic shell renders the Surface kickstand unusable.


Targus' Folio is, overall, well-designed, taking into consideration the versatility of the Surface Pro 3. Although you cannot use the built-in kickstand with this case equipped, the Folio acts a stand of its own, offering up the same infinite angles that the Surface does.

Unlike some other cases, it also completely accommodates the use of a Type Cover. The keyboard closes over the device's display the same way it would without a case. The folio also works when using the Surface in tablet mode, with or without a Type Cover. It still flips back around to the back of the tablet unhampered, as if there was no cover on it.

There's no dedicated holder for the Surface Pen, but it can be safely and conveniently tucked in the magnetic flap that keeps the Folio case closed without getting in the way.

The thing I like about the Targus Folio is how unintrusive it is. Often, protective covers can be bulky or get in the way. However, this case is thin and lightweight. And it works in conjunction with the Surface Pro 3's design, so you barely know it's there.

It is a clever mix of form and function. The black plastic shell shields the body of the device while the stain-free wrap cover helps defend your screen or Type Cover. All the while the classic black exterior and gray interior give it an unassuming professional look.


In my opinion, there are two main reasons why someone would want to use a folio case on a Surface. The first would be to protect the screen when not using a Type Cover. If you are using one, then the Targus Folio only protects the back of your keyboard.

The second, and most practical, reason for a folio would be to carry other things with you. For instance a pad, pen, or business cards, to a meeting, etc. To me, this is the only area where the Folio falls short.

There are no pockets or places for writing implements. I suppose you could throw a small pad of paper between the cover and your Surface, but it is more of a workaround. You are just as well served carrying a pad with you in the same hand without trying to fit it in the case.

But at the end of the day, if the worst thing you can say about a case is that it isn't good at holding stuff it wasn't made to hold, then it's a pretty darn good product.

I would say it is ideal for Surface owners who do not use a Type Cover, but still a good pick, albeit slightly redundant, for those who do.

The Targus folio wrap is economical and effective. You can find it in the Windows Central Store for $39.95, saving you about $10.00 off the retail price.